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FACULTY & STAFF

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REBECCA BRYAN RAD RTS

Co-Owner/

Artistic Director

Rebecca Bryan is a certified-registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, one of six in the state of Florida. She has been teaching for over twenty years, owning and directing three schools in Houston, TX, Bradenton, FL and now Sarasota, FL. She has had extensive classical ballet training under the Royal Academy of Dance and the Cecchetti Council of America.

Her keen sense of communication and patience with students and their individual abilities, instills a discipline and eagerness to learn. Her unique method of teaching sparks a love of the arts in students of all ages.

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MEGHAN SINCLAIR

Co-Owner/

Artistic Director

Meghan Sinclair is a versatile creative artist, educator and choreographer. Her formative training included classical ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap. She trained under master teachers, including Rebecca Bryan RAD RTS, Gillian Davis ARAD RTS, Delise Teamer RAD RTS, and Catriona Steel RAD RTS. She studied with Phillip Burnham while training for her Vocational RAD exams. Over the years she performed a multitude of variations, contemporary and jazz works.  

 

Meghan has 20 years experience teaching ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary and tap to students of all levels. Not only do her ballet students consistently earn top marks of merit and distinctions in their yearly exams, her students have also earned top awards, overall placements, and workshop scholarships from conventions and competitions including: Youth America Grand Prix, NYCDA, 24Seven, Jump, Revel, Radix, and Dance Educators of America, to name a few.  

 

She is Acrobatic Arts certified and a founding IDEA member.  Meghan has encompassed the passion of discipline, love of performance and the heart and patience for teaching. 

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EMILY ARTHUR

Faculty

Emily Arthur is thrilled to be a teacher at Sarasota Dance Academy, and is eager to embark on another exciting season of dance. Emily graduated from the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg, where she earned a degree in history and education with summa cum laude distinction. Previously, Emily has danced with several local schools, where she has accumulated years’ worth of training in classical ballet and en pointe. She enjoys performing, and has had roles in various dance and community theater productions. She has also spent her time as a teaching assistant in several elementary and high school classrooms, where she has worked to infuse the arts with common curriculum. She seeks to foster an environment that is creative, engaging, and thoughtful, and looks forward to working with students of Sarasota Dance Academy as they navigate and explore their education and passion for dance.

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SARA METZLER

Faculty

Sarah Metzler, born in Valparaiso, Indiana, began dancing at the age of six at a local studio. Later she and her family relocated to Florida, and she continued her training at the Florida Ballet School. In 2006 Sarah trained at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, before being invited to be a trainee with the Sarasota Ballet. She then was a professional dancer with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland for two seasons. Sarah then returned to the Tampa area to be closer to family and began teaching at various studios. She was a coach to a few select students in preparation for Youth America Grand Prix in 2012. In February 2013, Sarah was invited to join the Brandon Ballet company as a dancer and faculty member in the pre-professional program. In April of 2017, she was a guest judge at Ticket to Broadway Dance competitions in both Venice and Coral Springs. In 2018, Sarah was invited to be a guest principal dancer in Indiana Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake and danced the lead of Odette/Odile.

Currently Sarah is freelancing in Sarasota, FL, and teaching at Sarasota Dance Academy.  She is dedicated to providing quality training as well as life skills to SDA students. Sarah believes in providing top quality training to young aspiring dancers to give them their best foot forward. She has an immense love for performing and loves to educate and pass down her passion to future generations of dancers.

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LINN MCDONALD

Faculty

Linn McDonald recently moved to Sarasota from Scranton, PA where she has been Owner and Artistic director of Linn McDonald School of Dance for the past 40 years.  As a principal dancer at Ballet Theatre of Scranton from 1979 to 1984, she danced lead roles in classical ballets such as Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and La Fille Mal Gardee.

After graduating from Marywood University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication in 1982, Linn performed with the National Touring Group, Broadway after Dark and made her acting debut in 1994 as Gwendolyn Pidgeon in THE ODD COUPLE. She continued her dance education with London’s Royal Academy of Dance, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and David Howard School of Dance in New York city.  In 1996, she enrolled as a graduate student and in 2001, Linn received a master’s degree in dance education from Temple University, where she was also an adjunct faculty member teaching ballet to undergraduate students.

Linn has directed and choreographed over 75 musical theatre productions for such venues as Pocono Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse, Marywood University, Woodloch Pines in the Poconos and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She has been an adjunct faculty member with University of Scranton, Temple University, Rollins College, and Marywood University, where she co-founded and directed the Dance minor Program for ten years. Linn was also on the faculty of Pennsylvania Youth Theatre in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Coupe Dance in Nanuet, New York and Ballet of Upstate New York in Syracuse, New York. Linn was resident choreographer at Helen Hayes Youth Theatre in Nyack, New York from 2007 to 2017.  In 2008, she founded Green Ridge Youth Theatre in Scranton.  She ran the theatre for ten years directing and choreographing over 25 shows and working with hundreds of actors, singers, and dancers under the age of 19.

In 2013, during her time as Director of the Dance Minor Program at Marywood University, Linn was invited by the China Cultural and Educational Foundation to be a guest teacher at several Universities throughout China. She spent five weeks teaching in Kunming, Chengdu, and Chongqing. Most recently, in 2019, Linn received a certification to teach dance to people with Parkinson’s Disease from the Mark Morris Group in Brooklyn, New York.

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KELLEY KING

Faculty

Ms. King loves dance; loves people. She's a solid, innovative teacher… well-liked by students and parents. These strengths have allowed her to create an enthusiasm for dance that substantially increases each dancer's experience in classes and more. Kelley King's experience ranges from dancing in a national tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s "CATS" to performing in America’s largest sports stadiums as a National Football League (NFL) cheerleader & choreographer. It's wonderful to be back home in Florida. Ms. Kelley is ready for a FANTASTIC dance season!

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JENNA OUTERBRIDGE

Faculty

Jenna Outerbridge is a Sarasota native with a passion for the Arts. She is an adjunct Dance Educator for the VPA Program at Booker High School, and serves as a Teaching Artist for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, and USF’s Center for PAInt. Jenna trained under Deborah Vinton, FISTD, and holds professional certificates in Cecchetti Ballet, and a degree in Dance from S.U.N.Y. at Purchase College. As a 200 hour registered yoga and somatic movement instructor, Jenna uses a whole systems approach to address health, healing and guide creative self-expression. She can be found teaching yoga at Shack (formerly the Yoga Shack), Soul to Soul Yoga, leading movement workshops for Resilient Retreat, and providing community yoga classes at Waterside, Lakewood Ranch.

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OLIVIA HUSEONICA

Faculty

Olivia Huseonica was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and spent most of her early years training and performing in the area. She danced in countless productions with Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota and was featured in several prominent roles, including Clara and Rose Fairy in The Classic Nutcracker. In her last year at the school, she became an apprentice with Ballet Minnesota and was paid to dance the role of Nikiya in the company’s presentation of La Bayadere Act 2 for the Minnesota Dance Festival. She also attended high school at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, where she participated in additional training and performance opportunities as a member of the dance track. She then went on to receive an Honors Ballet BFA and a Nutrition Minor University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Through the ballet program, she has had the chance to perform as a soloist in Justine Sheedy-Kramer’s contemporary ballet work Ebb and Flow and Melissa Bobick’s neoclassical trio Precipice, as well as work with renowned guest choreographer Rena Butler in her brand new commission Offshore. Upon graduation from the U, she received the Ballet Senior Award for Choreography, an honor bestowed on one student per year for her excellence in artistic creation. She is also a 200-hour certified instructor with Yoga Alliance, and supplements her love for dance with a consistent yoga practice. She is currently dancing with Azara Ballet Company in Bradenton, Florida, and pursuing a career in performing, teaching, and choreography.

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GHILDEN URBINA

Faculty

Ghilden Urbina was born in Olongapo City, Philippines but moved to Sarasota, Florida after turning 8 years old.  Ghilden began dancing Ballet at the age of 11 and with his Ballet foundation, he was able to expand his dancing to other styles.  Aside from training in Ballet, he has also trained in Jazz for 7 years, Hip Hop, Pointe, and Contemporary for 6 years, and Tap and Ballroom for 2 years.  Ghilden attended Manatee School for the Arts for middle and high school and after graduating, he became a substitute teacher for the public charter school.  Ghilden is so excited to share his love of dance to passionate dancers and he hopes to continue spreading positivity within the dance community.

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DELANEY SHEARS

Faculty

Delaney was born and raised in rural Nebraska and started her dance career at the age of 2 years. She was involved in Just For Kix Dance Company for 16 years and found fascination in all styles of movement such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Pom, and Kix classes. She was a part of her high school dance team and lead as captain in school dance and JFK for 7 years with lots of wins under her belt. She also brought home the title of National Champions with her team while competing against several other dance studios across the states. Her interest in dance has grown over the years by sharing her knowledge with several younger students and those who were on the team with her. She has lots of experience cleaning and perfecting teams right before competitions and encouraging the enjoyment that dance can bring to lives. Delaney is new to Florida and continuing her education in the healthcare field and ready for the new adventures life has to bring. She is very excited to expand her teaching abilities and educate young minds.

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LAUREN BRUSADIN

Office Manager

Bio coming soon!

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JARVIS MARDIS

Guest Faculty & Choreographer

A native of Grenada, MS, Jarvis has competed in many regional and dance competitions.

 

He worked in Busch Gardens in the shows KATONGA and Dance to the Music. He recently has been accepted to a position with Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. Jarvis has worked with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and is an alumni of The Chocolate Nutcracker, season 2004. He was in the top 75 of 5000, of So You Think You Can Dance Season 3, and danced before 45,000 in Frankfurt Germany for the launching of Hope the Musical.

 

Jarvis was selected by LAD and U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Cultural Affairs in an artistic exchange in Moscow, Russia where he conducted workshops and performed during International Dance Day 2010 with LAD. He is also member of the United Nations of Dance Musical Performance Troupe.

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KELSEY NELSON LACK

Guest Faculty & Choreographer

Kelsey has over 25 years of dance experience ranging from major motion pictures to teaching students all across North America, judging for several prestigious dance competitions within the United States, and creating her own conditioning program for dancers. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University.

Some of Kelsey's professional performing credits include working with choreographers like Fatima Robinson on Anchorman II: The Legend Continues (major motion picture), Mia Michaels on Rock of Ages (major motion picture), Disney's Million Dollar Arm (major motion picture), HSN, Royal Caribbean International, Feld Entertainment/Feld Motor Sports, Cirque Productions, Universal Orlando, Busch Gardens, Hardrive Inc., Event Show Productions, D Squared Productions, Cirque USA, and many more.

Along with performing, Kelsey has a passion for providing quality instruction and choreography. She has had the opportunity to continually develop both her teaching and choreography portfolio by working with St. John's University, Wake Forest University, McKendree University, University of South Florida, New Bern High School (NC), Father Lopez High School (FL), Barron Collier High School (FL), Oviedo High School (FL), Victoria's School of Dance, USA Ambassador Pageant, Cirque USA, BookAFlashMob.com, Universal Dance Association and many studios located within the United States and Canada. Kelsey has been honored to be a Master Instructor for National Dance Alliance, Universal Dance Association and Dance Team Union in the past few years.

You can find Kelsey on the judging panel of several different national competitions and as a member of Impact Dance Adjudicators. She has had the honor of judging several different National Finals for Universal Dance Association and USASF. She is always working to provide the most beneficial and valuable critiques possible to help both students and teachers alike grow and develop. Her passion for dance spreads wide and far and is always looking for new ways to continue to expand her wings in the entertainment and education industry.

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KATHRYN KALAMARAS

Guest Choreographer

Kathryn Kalamaras, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, has been professionally dancing, modeling, choreographing, and teaching for the past four years in Denver, Colorado. She has had the pleasure of dancing with Life/ Art Dance Ensemble, In The Wings Aeriel Company, Thrive Ballet Company, Evolving Doors Modern Dance Company, Kim Robards’ Modern Dance Company, Ethereum Modern Dance Company, Nosilla Modern Dance Company, and Dream Project Dance Company. She has also had the privilege to perform and choreograph in several other projects/ entertainment events, as well as directed her own company called Bl!nk Modern Dance Company, and also managed two back up dancing businesses; Bonnies on Tap and K&M Entertainment.

Kat grew up a bun head in Crystal Lake, Illinois and attended Alma college in Michigan on scholarship where she received her B.A in Dance Performance. Throughout her career she has studied ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap, character, jazz, hip hop, and yoga. During college, she had the opportunity to study and perform at ACDA two years in a row, and choreographed her own full length show as her senior thesis. Kat also attended American Dance Festival’s summer intensive in 2016 where she studied with renowned artists such as Nia Love, Paul Matteson, and Otto “aquaboogie” where she mainly focused on modern, improv, and hip hop. She also was casted and performed at the international choreographer’s showcase.

Along with dancing, she has a passion for teaching dance. Kat has been teaching for the past ten years throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Colorado area. She also has had the pleasure of coming on as a guest teacher/ choreographer for various studios, and has also been creating series of film work with herself, company, and students. Kat also models professionally outside of dance and has a background in painting and art. She has participated in several art shows and fashion shows. New to Florida, she hopes to continue her dancing and growth in her craft.

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JENNIFER PERRY

Guest Faculty

Jennifer is excited to be training the talented students at Sarasota Dance Academy. Her credits include over 200 performances as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, over 100 performances in Neil Goldberg’s Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy and in Mark Marino’s off Broadway debut of Mixed Emotions. She has appeared on nationally aired television programs for Univision and ESPN and in commercials for Radio City Productions, Foxwoods and Univision. Jennifer has performed in many corporate industrials including Coca-Cola, Goodyear and Bayer and has taught around the country on the faculty of prestigious dance organizations including Dance Olympus, Dance Educators of America and Florida Dance Masters. She has judged regional and national competitive dance events for On Stage America, Dance USA and others. Jennifer holds a BFA degree in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida (USF) where she was a member of the UDA National Finalist USF SunDolls Dance Team.

STUDENT ASSISTANTS

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ARANTZA

Student Assistant since 2018

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MCKAYLA

Student Assistant since 2021

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MYLEE

Student Assistant since 2019

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OLIVIA

Student Assistant since 2021

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KINSLEY

Student Assistant since 2021

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SONIA

Student Assistant since 2022

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